Friday, September 10, 2004

Simona & Hanya

An Iraqi teenager, Hanya Bukit, who was treated for leukemia in a Rome hospital a to Simona Torretta who arranged for her to be flown to Rome in 2000 when a hospital in Iraq - then under UN sanctions - did not have the drugs necessary to treat her. Hanya, who is now 14 years old, spent a year and a half in Italy and went home in June 2002.

Torretta's mother, Anna Maria, explained that "a year ago, after the war and the bombings," her daughter Simona had lost contact with Hanya "but she and another aid worker braved the dangers of Iraqi roads to go and find her." The girl was in good health, she said, adding: "Hanya still speaks Italian and thanked everyone."

The photo here is also from the childrens' demo in Baghdad today.


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